C’est ici que poussent les fleurs (2024)
Audiovisual installation (poetry, spoken word, vidéo, sound), 18 minutes
Torrents Collective

C’est ici que poussent les fleurs is an installation project that merges visual arts, poetry, storytelling, music, and sound art. The project explores the concepts of memory and heritage, themes regularly addressed by the Torrents collective, both collectively and in their individual projects.

Considering that our identity extends beyond the individual and is shaped, among other things, by political events that have impacted previous generations, as well as by global power dynamics, our family and cultural environments, we wonder what we would be, where we would be in other circumstances. Without colonization, armed conflicts, socio-political upheavals in the country of our ancestors, what would our reality be? Through creation, we propose to bring together "real" and speculative/invented souvenirs to imagine possible versions of our memories. We materialize these visions through poetry, video, visuals, sound art, music, and narratives. These convergent memories are created from our desires, our family inheritances, personal or public archival documents, or historical speculations. The process is akin to the notion of uchronia, exploring alternative histories.

Through this creation, the Torrents collective explores the fragility and subjectivity of memory by traversing the various versions of themselves in space and time.

From January to April 2024, the research and creation phase of the project took place within an artistic residency at Ada X (Montreal), benefiting from financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts. Currently, the project is in a production phase.

Concept, art direction, video, sound, poetry : Torrents collective
Production : Ada X and the Canada Council for the Arts
Photos : Carlos Riobo
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